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Ivan the Terrible and his first wife by MademoiselleNoName Ivan the Terrible and his first wife by MademoiselleNoName
So, i continue sketching Ivan the Terrible's life. I found this scene especially touching. I won't write the whole story, but in brief: he genuinely loved Anastasia. They had 6 children, though, most died early, one was killed by the father, and another one was supposedly mentally disabled, but became next tsar nevertheless. 
Anastasia (also supposedly) had been poisoned by Ivan's former advisors. Obviously, it affected his mind very, very badly. 

Other drawings of that period:

Young Ivan the Terrible watching public execution by MademoiselleNoName Portrait of Ivan the Terrible by MademoiselleNoName Andrey Kurbsky and Livonian Ambassador by MademoiselleNoName 
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floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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MademoiselleNoName Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Thank you! 
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floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Iskaeldt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
I love it. You also did a great job on the details and expressions. Sweet.
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MademoiselleNoName Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks to you :)
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Iskaeldt Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Welcome :)
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Ainiria Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist
I don't know more about Ivan the Terrible than his name. But this is a wonderful piece of art filled with peaceful love and so realistic! I may look up some facts about him :)
Just asking: Is her hand supposed to be that small? It looks a bit strange^^
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MademoiselleNoName Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You definitely should search for some interesting facts. There are a lot of them, such a mysterious figure in history however! 
And no, though i've seem smaller ones :lol:
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theycallmeUgly Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
I don´t know the film, but from what you write in the description, I think you picked a wonderful scene to convey their special bond and the drama, pain and sadness they experienced. A beautiful gesture, especially as it´s the mighty Tsar leaning like this against his wife (while in rather "stereotypical" clichés, the motive of man and woman is rather other way round)  -  an intimate and sensitive moment, you don´t see "the terrible", rather a man innocent like a lamb, or even like a child looking for shelter, a peaceful and warm place at the heart of its mother :)
I like how it´s all so ... soothing and warm, but you can also feel the darkness.
Very well and beautifully done once again! :)
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MademoiselleNoName Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, that was the aim - to show Ivan not as a monster and tyrant, but as just a human being. You know, to show a different side of him. That is why i write these stories - to show where his cruelty came from, what was going on in his private life... 
Thank you very much :)
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theycallmeUgly Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
I appreciate how you do this, that you give these insights and combine it with a drawing :)
And I really love the mood. As I said, that scene is perfectly chosen to shed a different light on him :)

And it´s my pleasure! :)
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Andrzej5056 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, you rarely see here screnshots of movies like "Ivan Terrible". It's fantastic piece of cinema with brilliant Tisse cinematography, and you bring that style quite well.
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MademoiselleNoName Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, i didn't know it's translated into other languages. I absolutely love the way Eisenstein conveyed the atmosphere of the time, also, actors and costumes were so amazing :nod: 
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Andrzej5056 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, you know in former Eastern Block we've got even russian in school :( (at least in Poland, but I'm too young for it). Eisenstein's movies were definitely translated and they are quite well known among the people who doesn't think cinema started with "Titanic" or something that kind. The visual style of his movies is astounding - from "Potiomkin's" stairs scene, "Nevski" ice battle to something like that:
www.google.pl/imgres?imgurl=ht…
And I agree Czerkasov is fantastic in "Ivan", I doesn't like him especially in "Nevski", he's got more cliched, one-dimensional role there, but as tsar he showed all his skills. The way this massive (198 cm) guy moves like a clouchy shadow, his facial mimic and famous poses, like the one I linked, are very expressive, maybe even a bit horrorish, don't you think?
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016
excellent
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MademoiselleNoName Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
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Mortemere Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Восхитительно, как и каждая из ваших работ ;)
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MademoiselleNoName Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Спасибо :)
Я вот думаю, писать ли те же тексты ещё на русском, или так нормально?
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Mortemere Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Так тоже нормально, но думаю что лучше писать ещё и на русском :)
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Grenpool Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016
Well drawn! :D I don't have that much knowledge (yet!) on Ivan's life, but other than that: terrific! 
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MademoiselleNoName Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Russian history is indeed worthy of exploring. A lot of mystery, drama, tragedy... It's really interesting, even just the period of Ivan the Terrible :nod:
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Grenpool Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016
I'll research some of it then :D thank you for the tip!
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